Field Meetings

NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings

Field meetings are open to  members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under  NEWS items).

Field meetings for 2020 are listed below.

Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn.  Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant.  Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.

Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations!  Also note that return times are approximate only.

Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:

Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925

Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.

Booking form for trip on 11 Feb 2020

Please note that the price for the bookable trips is £17.

Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips

A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.

Contact details: Muff = 01423 340 694; Kerry = 01423 540267

Allerton Waste Recovery Park

The last visit to Allerton Park was oversubscribed, so here is another chance to tour the Waste Recovery Plant, which is a fascinating visit.
Please contact Muff Upsall if you would like to attend.
When: Thu February 20 10:00 - 12:00

Spring wildlife and bryophytes, Roulston Scar

A day looking for early Spring wildlife and bryophytes in the mixed woodland below the White Horse.
Meet at 10am in the White Horse car park (SE 514 812).
Leader: Nick Gaunt
When: Mon March 23 10:00 - 16:00

Early flowers at Aubert Ings, Cattal

Details to follow

Leader: Richard Campbell
When: Thu April 16 10:00 - 16:00

Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am, in cars. Looking for waterfowl and spring migrants. Stopping en route for Dipper, Pied Flycatcher and raptors. Scar House for lunch; looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who so wish.
When: Tue April 28 09:30 - 16:00

RSPB Fairburn Ings

Leader: June Atkinson
Meet in Reserve car park at 10am, in cars. Looking for passage migrants, waders, warblers, egrets and Spoonbills; 75 species were seen on the last two trips. RSPB members should have their cards with them.
When: Tue May 12 10:00 - 16:00

Grass Wood for uncommon plants

Details to follow

Leader: Bruce Brown
When: Tue June 2 10:00 - 16:00

Stainburn Forest Nightjars

Details to follow

Leader: Mike Smithson
When: Tue June 9 21:00 - 09:15

Muker Meadows, Swaledale

Wildflower meadows

Details to follow
When: Sat July 4 10:00 - 16:00

Roundhay Park for trees

Details to follow

Park on Princes Avenue, on the Tram Park opposite Lidgett Park Road

Leader: Alan Hunton
When: Tue July 14 10:00 - 16:00

Farnham Gravel Pits for insects

Details to follow

Leader: Stuart Foster
When: Sun July 19 10:00 - 16:00

South Gare

Plants and wildlife

Details to follow

Leader: David Barlow
When: Thu August 6 10:00 - 16:15

Fungus Foray

Leader: Andy Woodall

Details to follow
When: Sat October 17 10:00 - 16:00


Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m.  These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.

From the Notebook – a photographic journey

Malcolm Jones, HDNS
Harrogate to Hungary, Filey to Fuerteventura:  travels of a European birdwatcher.
When: Wed February 19 19:30 - 21:00

Farming & Wildlife

Chris Tomson RSPB
An illustrated talk about wildlife conservation on farms mainly in Yorkshire both in the uplands and the arable east.
When: Wed March 4 19:30 - 21:00

1280 and counting- Flora of HDNS area

Kevin Walker, BSBI Head of Science
Everything a non-botanist needs to know about the flora of the HDNS area but was afraid to ask. We'll look at the history of plant recording in our area - who recorded what and when - followed by a tour of the area by habitat / species (not all of them). What makes our area special from a botanical perspective and then round off with a botanical quiz just to make sure everyone has learned something.
When: Wed March 18 19:30 - 21:00

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